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September 19, 2009

RIGHT WING DISCOVERS ALINSKY

Politico - At tea parties and town halls, conservative demonstrators oppose health care reform with signs bearing the abortion-rights slogan "Keep your laws off my body" or the line "Obama lies, Grandma dies" - an echo of the "Bush lied, they died" T-shirts worn to protest the Iraq war. Conservative activists are yelling "Nazi!" and "Big Brother!" where they used to shout "Nanny state!" and "Big Government!"

And the 1971 agitator's handbook "Rules for Radicals" - written by Saul Alinsky, the Chicago community organizer who was the subject of Hillary Clinton's senior thesis, and whose teachings helped shape Barack Obama's work on Chicago's South Side - has been among Amazon's top 100 sellers for the past month, put there in part by people who "also bought" books by Michelle Malkin, Glenn Beck,and South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint. . .

Dick Armey did not, in fact, participate in the freedom rides of the 1960s. Brandon said the former House majority leader was an undergrad in Jamestown, N.D., at the time, working his way through school putting up electric poles, and "wasn't politically active at the time."

And while they're handing out Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals" at FreedomWorks, Armey himself told the Financial Times last month: "What I think of Alinsky is that he was very good at what he did but what he did was not good."

3 Comments:

Anonymous Mairead said...

It would be quite interesting to see which side could "out-Alinsky" the other. I'd bet on the Left -- Alinsky's tactics are anti-Establishment, not general-purpose.

Of course, for the Left to win such a contest, they'd have to be willing to actually do something, and leftists like that seem to be in damned short supply nowadays.

September 19, 2009 5:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 'Tea Party' folks are anti-establishment.

September 20, 2009 6:44 AM  
Anonymous Mairead said...

Nah, they're anti-Obama, which isn't quite the same thing. If they were anti-establishment, they'd've been protesting BushCo as well.

Most of the people here at prorev are anti-establishment: we don't like it when BushCo is widdling on our shoes, and we don't like it any better when ObamaCo is doing it.

September 20, 2009 11:34 AM  

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